Mohammad Salimi

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Mohammad Salimi
Commander in Chief Mohammad Salimi (cropped).jpg
Minister of National Defense
In office
2 November 1981 – 16 August 1984
President Ali Khamenei
Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Mousa Namjoo
Succeeded by Mohammad-Reza Rahimi (acting)
Secretary of the Supreme National Defense Council
In office
1 June 1980 – 2 November 1981
President Abolhassan Banisadr
Mohammad-Ali Rajai
Ali Khamenei
Prime Minister Mohammad-Ali Rajai
Mohammad Javad Bahonar
Mir Hossein Mousavi
Personal details
Born 1937
Mashhad, Iran
Died 30 January 2016(2016-01-30) (aged 78–79)
Tehran, Iran
Military service
Allegiance Iran
Service/branch Ground Forces
Years of service 1957–1989; 2000–2005
Rank Major general
Commands Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War
Awards Order of Nasr.png Order of Nasr (1st class)

Mohammad Salimi (Persian: محمد سلیمی‎; 1937 – 2016) was an Iranian military officer who served as the Minister of Defense between 1981 and 1984 and the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army from 2000 to 2005.

Early life[edit]

Salimi was born in Mashhad in 1937.[1]


Salimi was the defense minister in the cabinet of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, replacing Javad Fakoori.[2] He was in office from 1981 to August 1984.[3] He was succeeded by Mohammad Hossein Jalali as defense minister.[2]

Although Salimi retired, he was appointed commander-in-chief in May 2000, replacing Ali Shahbazi.[4][5] Salimi resigned from office in September 2005.[4] He was succeeded by Major General Ataollah Salehi as the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Army.[4] Then Salimi was named as Ali Khamenei's military advisor on the same date.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Joint Crisis: Supreme Defense Council of Iran, 1980" (PDF). Harvard Model United Nations. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Sepehr Zabir (23 April 2012). The Iranian Military in Revolution and War (RLE Iran D). CRC Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-136-81270-5. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ J. Dionne (16 August 1984). "Tehran dismisses 5 cabinet members". The New York Times. Paris. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "General Mohammad Salimi". Iran Briefing. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Iranian Leader Appoints New Army Commanders". People's Daily. 23 June 2000. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Ali Shahbazi
Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Succeeded by
Ataollah Salehi